Karst Mountains Will Bloom: The Collected Poems of Pos Moua

Karst Mountains Will Bloom: The Collected Poems of Pos Moua

by Pos Moua
Karst Mountains Will Bloom: The Collected Poems of Pos Moua

Karst Mountains Will Bloom: The Collected Poems of Pos Moua

by Pos Moua


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With a Foreword by Gary Snyder, a personal essay by the poet, and contributions from the Hmong American Writers' Circle, this open-hearted book is the gorgeous collection of a visionary Hmong poet whose radiant language and natural eloquence has offered us the dark and light of his soul. Moua's poems sing that we will never satiate the sorrows of our dead and displaced, where grief, for the Hmong, knows no season. Here, we find ourselves nursed into strange health, contending always with decisions that may "dismember or consume" our people. It is a revelation that every person should read. Karst Mountains Will Bloom is a landmark achievement: ascendant, transcendent, visionary. This poet is a treasure and a light. What an important collection for Asian American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997504026
Publisher: Blue Oak Press
Publication date: 04/10/2019
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Pos Moua lives in Merced, California with his wife and five children. His chapbook, Where They Torches are Burning (Swan Scythe Press) gives "an account of love, family and identity in the poet's new land." His poems have appeared in Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing and How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology.

Table of Contents

Foreword Gary Snyder xi

About Karst Mountains xiii

I The Old Country

Poem from Laos 3

Our Hour of Expatriation 6

Laos, 1977 8

Open Hands and the Man with One Leg Shorter 9

The Passing at the Canyon 11

The Old Man by the Road They Go 12

The People beneath a Moon before the River 14

The Ritual before Crossing the River 15

Something about Yaw 17

Before, When We Were Not Yet Here 20

Leoi, Thailand, 1979: Re-Entrance to the City 22

Hmong Women: Their Hearts 25

China Rebirth 26

Contributors' Poems

Somewhere in the Cosmos Burlee Vang 27

Presentation Sandra McPherson 29

II Home and the Sierras

By the Lake in Which I Love You 33

Spokane, Washington, 1980 35

Eating 36

Off Highway 99 37

Hornitos in the Morning 38

An Early Morning Hike in Tuolumne 39

View from Eagle Peak 40

On Birthing 41

Winter 42

On Cedar Ridge, California 43

Thoughts for My Wife 44

These Would Have Been Days to Be 45

Contributors' Poems

Afterland Soul Vang 46

All Is Present Yu-Han Chao 47

III Ashes, Dreams, and Rebirth

The Snow Leopard Son 51

At the End of 5 Mile Creek Road 52

The World Has Always Been beyond Me 53

Undulating Sin 54

The One Sitting on His Wooden Horse 55

The Forest Fire near Mt, Shasta, June 2017 57

How Two Springs Can Grow Fins 58

The Poem Gary Snyder Wrote 59

Butterfly Hair in the Sun 60

The Doe, the Brown Trout, and the Gray Squirrel 61

Little Arrival 62

The Whitetails 64

Contributors' Poems

A Love Poem Soul Vang 65

Mother of Myths Khaty Xiong 67

IV Mountain Spirits

Inclusions: What is Not Me 71

The Spirit and the Undead 73

Days with Sunlight 74

The Dog and the Lady 75

A Memory in November 76

Poem to Sin Myriad 77

Manzanita Before Winter 78

Daim Nplooj / The Leaf 79

Release 81

Poem to the Setting Sun 82

Hours of Hunger 83

Karst Mountains Will Bloom 84

Poem No One Likes 85

Contributors' Poems

Monument by Mai Der Vang 88

The Jump Jer Xiong 90

A Poet's Note 91

Notes 94

Thanks To 95

Acknowledgments 97

About Cover Artist Boon Ma Yang 98

About Pos Moua 99

About the Contributing Writers 100

Blue Oak Press Literature Series 103

A Note on the Type 104

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